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Innovation Productions have embraced line array technology for the first time, giving prominence in their rental fleet to a new Martin Audio W8LC system and control.

Managing director Andrew Pygott purchased 16 of the mid-high enclosures, along with eight WS218X subs and a pair of DX2 processors, based on recommendation. Innovation has also configured the drive racks to accommodate six new Martin Audio MA5.2K amplifiers, with an MA12K driving the bottom end.

These recently introduced power amplifiers provide an exceptional amount of power in one rack space making for extremely compact racks; as a result, Innovation will only need one per side rather than the traditional two or three for a system of this power.

According to Pygott, the system was purchased as soon as his company knew they had the contract to supply sound reinforcement for this year’s Isle of Man TT Motorcycle Races in early June. Each night a concert will be staged in the Villa Marina Gardens in Douglas with Whitesnake, the main headliner during the weeklong Festival, providing the W8LCs with their first serious test.

While Innovation will rig their entire complement of loudspeakers for the occasion (in two hangs of eight), the purchase also allows different configurations to be fielded for conferences and awards dinners, depending on the size of the event.

In addition to the versatility of the W8LCs, Pygott confirms the fast rig/derig attributes of the system, the ease of use and versatility of DISPLAY™, Martin Audio’s proprietary optimization software, and AudioCore™ remote PC control software also aided the decision.

“We are delighted with the purchase because it gives us so many different options,� he concludes.

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